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Paramedic Program Enjoys Continued Success at Bancroft Campus

November 12, 2009

The Loyalist College Bancroft campus is pleased to announce that the graduates of the 2008 Paramedic program have reported 100 percent success in their Advanced Emergency Medical Care Assistant (AEMCA) exams. The AEMCA is a mandatory provincial examination, required for employment as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) in Ontario. Loyalist’s average exam score exceeded the provincial average.

One of the Loyalist graduates, Sean Mitchell from Pontypool, is working as a paramedic in the Region of Durham. “This is the best job in the world. There is something different every day. I enjoy the independence of making the decisions that I feel are right. It’s a kind of responsible freedom. It means a lot to have such respect and trust from my employers and the community. I’ve recommended this program to many of my co-workers at the volunteer fire department.”

“These exam results are a positive reinforcement of the College’s Paramedic program and the graduates’ skill level in their field,” said Kelly Sheppard, Critical Care Paramedic in Toronto and Coordinator of the Paramedic program at the Bancroft campus. “Students in this program are learning very specialized skills that they are required to apply, often in intense, high-stress situations. We are proud of their success and of the valuable contribution they go on to make as paramedics.”

Tom Malloy, Dean of the Bancroft campus, described some recent changes that are being made. “We are assembling two simulation rooms in Bancroft that will enable our students to apply their skills in more authentic surroundings. These improvements in technology will advance our students’ technical skills. Students will experience the simulation of the environment they will be working in. They will have the ability to gain up-to-date information regarding their patient’s (simulator’s) health including electrocardiograms (ECG) on the screen in the lab and monitoring the patient’s vital signs. These labs will give the students a very realistic view of what it will be like working as a paramedic. The more realistic the learning experience, the better prepared they will be to assume the role of paramedic.”

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Media Contact: Marilyn Warren, Communications, Loyalist College (613) 969-1913, ext. 2332; e-mail:, or Tom Malloy at (613) 332-1743